Back in the 19th century after the gold-rush finished, the first Chinese-New Zealanders moved from the goldfields to the city and into different occupations. Many opened fruit shops. These fruit shops were the foundation for many Chinese-New Zealand families, whose entrepreneurial skills led them from being poor immigrants to "eventual prosperity". The shops would also have a profound impact on New Zealand as a whole; for example, the first supermarket in New Zealand was opened by a Chinese fruit shop owner. Ironically, the very same supermarkets would bring the heyday of Chinese fruiterers to an end. Last month saw the launch of "The Fruit of Our Labours", a definitive publication of the history of these fruit shops. The book continues a revival of interest in Chinese-New Zealand history and is of special interest for us due to its intersection of culture and commerce.
If you want to engage with the China/New Zealand space, knowing this history is important. While the opportunities in China are endless, taking advantage of them in a culturally competent and respectful way requires a basic knowledge of both Chinese and New Zealand history (e.g do you know what the poll taxis?). As Pip McLachlan recently argued, China is becoming more central to our lives as New Zealanders, and it is important for as many voices as possible to talk about it "to round out the picture". With China itself trying to influence this dialogue through soft power investment, independent voices are key. Perhaps the fruit from your own research will be the next one?
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#1. Upcoming Event: She Did It Her Way - Kiwi Asian Women in Business
Want to find out about how Asian women have dealt with the double glass ceiling? Ready to be inspired by successful Kiwi-Asian women?
NZCTA YA are delighted to present "She Did It Her Way – Kiwi-Asian Women in Business". Speakers will address a range of topics, from their experiences in the workplace to how to burst through barriers to achieve success.
#2. Recent Event: Entrepreneurship Forum 2018: Starting in NZ, Succeeding Globally
We recently held our annual flagship event, the NZCTA YA Entrepreneurship Forum. A record number of attendees heard from a range of speakers. John Chow and John Holt both gave great talks about their entrepreneurial journeys and thoughts on future trends, Iyia Liu gave us a crash course in social media marketing, Sam Wilson discussed IP law in China and David Wang implored us to take advantage of VC opportunities.
You can see photos from the event here.
#3. Business Desk: Attempting to Define the Belt and Road Initiative
How well do you understand the Belt and Road Initiative? Is it just about infrastructure development or does it have other goals? Could it actually account for 40% of global GDP? Is it even relevant to New Zealand?
This Asia NZ Media Centre article attempts to explain the Belt and Road Initiative, doing so through four questions. The conclusions it draws are fascinating.
Read it here.
#4. Culture Desk: Did Someone Say Chinese Stay-at-home Dads?
Stay-at-home dads are becoming more accepted in New Zealand but what about China? How does a stay-at-home dad challenge China's "deep-seated social perceptions" in terms of gender roles and raising children? How do people react?
Sixth Tone writer (and stay-at-home dad) Sun Yiqing explores his own journey of raising his child whilst letting his wife be the breadwinner. Some of the responses from friends and family are not what we would expect.
Read it here.
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